People always tell you to stock up on your sleep when you’re pregnant because once the baby comes you’ll never sleep again. If only it were this easy. Being pregnant, especially during the second half, can wreak havoc on your sleep. It can be incredibly difficult to get comfortable, you’re getting up a few times in the middle of the night to pee, insomnia hits, you’re hot…I could keep going, but I think you get the picture. I’m currently 21 weeks pregnant and recently I have been having the hardest time falling asleep and staying asleep through the night. I have started doing some research on how to sleep better when pregnant because I’m getting pretty desperate and here are 9 ways that I’ve found to help you get a better nights sleep when you’re expecting.
1. Drink More Water
Making sure that you are plenty hydrated through out the day will help lessen the amount and the frequency of any kind of leg or body cramps. If you haven’t already been woken up in the middle of the night by a horrible leg cramp, just wait – your time will come. They are truly awful, but most of the time it’s a sign that your body needs more water. So, be sure to drink plenty of fluids as you go about your day and hopefully you can avoid those nasty cramps in the wee hours of the morning.
2. Stop Drinking Liquids A Few Hours Before Bed
Okay, I know I just told you to drink lots of fluids, but make sure that you stop drinking them a few hours before you go to bed. Pregnancy already messes with your bladder and increases the amount of times you have to urinate. I’m sure you’re already getting up to pee in the middle of the night now that you’re pregnant. If you don’t drink any fluids a few hours before bed, it will certainly lessen the amount of times you have to go. You may still have to wake up at least once, but once is better than three or four times.
3. Exercise During The Day
Whether you are pregnant or not, regular exercise actually does help you sleep at night. Even mild exercise like walking, pilates, yoga, or swimming for 30 minutes a day will give your body the extra energy it needs throughout the day to get through your day, and then help your body relax at night as well. It increases your body’s flow of oxygyn, making you more relaxed, and allowing you to sleep better. So, if you’re not already exercising, you better get out those workout shoes and clothes and start moving.